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  August 2016 News
 
Wednesday 17th
 
Stafford Town 1 - 2 Hinckley AFC
Atletico came away from Stafford Rangers Marston Road with all 3 points, thanks to an injury time penalty by Ryan Seal, though Stafford will feel aggrieved not to have got something from the game.

Ryan Seal returned to the starting line up after his holiday, and a debut up front for experienced striker Nick Wellecomme, combined with Rico Taylor and Sean Williams working the flanks saw Hinckley have the better of the early exchanges. However a calamity of errors just after the quarter hour saw Stafford take the lead. Lee Thomas underhit a back pass to Tom Cross, and the AFC keeper placed a poor clearance against Shepherd Machinguata and the Town striker rolled the ball into the empty net. This gave Stafford belief and the game was more even for the rest of the half, though a superb through ball from Darious Darkin on the half hour led to an Atletico equaliser. The Hinckley midfielder released Seal, beating the offside trap, and guiding the ball past Conner Alderman as he rushed out of his goal.

It was a different story for the second half with Stafford being much the better side, controlling the midfield, winning the second ball and creating most of the attacking play. Cross was forced to save well from Machinguata, and then he was beaten by a rebounded clearance that hit the post and scrambled to safety. The Stafford crowd thought they had scored the winner late on as a break away saw Ryan Blagborough ripple the net, though it was the wrong side of the post and into the side netting. Somewhat against the run of play AFC did score the winning goal in injury time, after Wellecomme was clumsily brought down in the area, with the ref awarding the penalty. Seal took the responsibility from the penalty mark and sealed the points sending Aldermann the wrong way. Winning ugly maybe, but winning just the same.

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